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Albania is still one of those nations that is off of the average person’s radar when it comes to holiday planning, but that may soon change. Although fairly isolated due to its location, the culture, spirit, and heritage of this nation is quite rich. It is also a place where your hard-earned money can stretch further than you might imagine during your next holiday.

Traditionally, Albania has been 70% Sunni Muslim, 10% Roman Catholic (mostly in the north) and 20% Albanian Orthodox, making it the only European country to have a Muslim majority. From 1967 to 1990 it was also the only officially atheist state in the world, and many churches were converted into cinemas and theatres.

The spiritual vacuum left after the fall of communism was in part being filled by US evangelists, but new churches and mosques were springing up all over the country.

The Numerous Ancient Ruins

Everyone loves a good set of ancient ruins. UNESCO has named many around the world as Heritage Sites to help protect them. Albania has several that are protected as well, but because of the isolation they aren’t as busy as other European locations. Imagine visiting a 13th century town in its authentic splendor for the cost of a sweet treat – and you’ll likely be the only people there too.

Incredible Castles

The castles of Albania seem like they belong in a detective story rather than a fairy tale, but that doesn’t change their splendor at all. Some are even completed restored to help visitors see the storied past that this nation has encountered. You’ll find castles on beaches, at mountain summits, and sometimes even in the middle of a grassy field surrounded by livestock.

Thousands of Bunkers

Albania was once ruled by a man named Enver Hoxha. This dictator was more than a little worried about someone trying to conquer his country, so he built almost 1 million concrete bunkers to provide a land-based defense against invading armies or falling nuclear weapons. These stand as just one interesting testament to the decades of Communist rule that can be experienced today.

Albania is easily one of the most diverse and tolerant nations in the world today, making it an inviting place to explore. If you’re ready to be an explorer instead of a tourist for your next holiday, then make this nation your planned destination. It’s a decision you’ll cherish forever.

Travel and vacation in Albania

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City Guides

Berat

#Berat Visit Berat Berat with 45.000 inhabitants is a city in south-central Albania, Berat is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities and you find...

Borsh

#Borsh Visit Borsh You’ll find Borsh in the heart of the Albanian Riviera. It may be a small community, but it is filled with numerous opportunities....

Dhermi

#Dhermi Visit Dhermi The beaches you’ll find in Dhermi stand out as some of the best you can find in all of Albania. It is one...

Durrës

#Durrës Visit Durrës The beaches of Durres seem to stretch on for an eternity and unlike other areas along the Albanian coast, they are fully developed....

Elbasan

#Elbasan Visit Elbasan   Travel to Elbasan, Albania Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Elbasan...

Gjirokaster

#Gjirokaster Visit Gjirokaster Gjirokaster is one of those cities that is often overlooked by the casual traveler. Once you see its many wonders and natural beauty,...

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Coronavirus & travel restrictions Albania

#Coronavirus Albania Coronavirus status - Albania How is the coronavirus situation in Albania ? See the statistics for the country in confirmed and present active Covid-19...

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Weather and forecast

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Largest cities

See the list of the largest and most important cities in the country, and the size of the cities by population.

Important: the informations are from various external sources. If you are using the informations professional please seek official confirmation whether the figures are actual or not. Last update august 2017

RankNamePop.
1Tirana622.190
2Durrës203.917
3Vlorë135.032
4Elbasan124.179
5Shkodër111.686
6Korçë86.994
7Fier84.638
8Kamëz81.688
9Berat63.132
10Lushnjë53.507
11Sarandë40.736
12Paskuqan39.553
13Kavajë39.478
14Pogradec38.642
15Gjirokastër33.346

Official National Holidays

Below you can see the list with official national holidays in the country.

DateEnglish nameAlbanian nameRemarks
01 01New Year's DayViti i RiFixed
02 01New Year's DayViti i RiFixed
14 03Summer DayDita e VerësFixed
NovruzNowruzDita e Sulltan NevruzitVariable
Easter Monday - CatholicCatholic EasterPashkët KatolikeVariable
Easter Monday - OrthodoxOrthodox EasterPashkët OrtodokseVariable
01 05May DayDita Ndërkombëtare e PunonjësveFixed
Eid ul-FitrEid ul-FitrBajrami i Madh (Fitër Bajrami)Variable
Eid ul-AdhaEid ul-AdhaBajrami i Vogël (Kurban Bajrami)Variable
19 10Mother Teresa DayDita e Nënë TerezësFixed
28 11Independence DayDita e PavarësisëFixed
29 11Liberation DayDita e ÇlirimitFixed
08 12Youth DayDita Kombëtare e RinisëFixed
25 12ChristmasKrishtlindjetFixed

Best of Albania

Lying across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, Albania is a southeastern European country of astounding natural beauty that includes rolling plains and beautiful beaches. This Balkan nation is bordered by Greece to the south, Macedonia to the east, Kosovo to the northeast and Montenegro to the northwest. Albania Holidays have risen in popularity in recent years as increasing numbers of tourists have discovered the country’s delights. Tirana is the capital and is in the north-central part of the country; it has interesting cultural and historical attractions, and is a great place to explore. Albania’s only international airport, Tirana International Airport Nene Tereza, is named after the late missionary nun Mother Teresa, who was ethnic Albanian

Culture

The culture of Albania is majorly influenced by that of the mainland Greeks especially in the urban locality; nodding one’s head means ‘no’ where as shaking the head means ‘yes’. To greet someone, handshaking is preferred, though Shoku (Comrade) was used before, which has been long forgotten now. People dress informally here. Swim suits are meant for the beaches, otherwise women are expected not to dress in a revealing outfit. When addressing someone prefix Zoti(Mr) or Zonja(Mrs) before the name and always remember to carry some gifts when visiting someone, although flowers aren’t much acceptable. The guests are served with coffee, raki or sweets. Smokers don’t have to worry much, but they should avoid it where they see a sign of Ndalohet Duhani or Ndalohet pirja e duhanit.

Travelling in Albania

Buses with relatively cheap fares operate in the main cities of the country or taxis are another choice which provided service for some main hotels.
Visit Dajti Mountain and experience Dajti Ekspres Cable car for an unforgettable 15 minute ride passing through Dajt Oark to reach Tirana. The route is about 4.2 km long and the ride costs €6.5.Alpha Yachting provides crewed yacht which is a luxury in itself. Tirana Bank is the best place for withdrawing money as it allows access to Visa cards.

Getting There

One of the best and the easiest means is to go by air. Albanian Airlines is the national airline which works in collaboration with Tyrolean Airways, and provides service to almost all the big European cities. The airport, Mother Teresa, is 16 miles or 26 km away from the capital. A tourist bus is available every 3 hrs to get to the city center and takes about 30 minutes to get there. Taxis are available round the clock. While waiting for any transport service, tourists can check out the duty free shops, bank, eateries and car hire at the airport.

If trying to get there by sea, try the ferry services which are provided by Adriatic Line and Agoudimos. The main ports are Durres (has ferry connection to Italy, Bari, Brindisi, Trieste, and Ancona), Vlora (has ferry connection to Bari, and Brindisi), Saranda (has connection to Corfu), Shen Gjini (has ferry connection to Bari). Check out www.adriatica.it and www.aqoudimos-lines.com for more information.

Bus is another option. Buses start from Istanbul, Athens and Sofia. Internal passengers have lots of options with bus services provided.

Interesting sights and cities

There are great places to stay during your Albania holidays, starting with the capital, Tirana. The sole international airport is just 20 minutes outside the city, making Tirana a natural choice for many visitors, whether staying there or moving later to other parts of the country. The Albanian Riviera is a stunning location, with mountainous areas sweeping down to the sea, and is the choice of lots of tourists as it has wonderful beach resorts all along it. The city of Berat in the south-central part of the country is another good choice. Known as the ‘City of a Thousand Windows’, the old part of the town is World Heritage-listed

Tirana

Tirana is the capital of Albania and has a population of a little over 300,000. The city is an eclectic mix of traditional European structures, soviet style five story buildings and mid-east influenced architecture. Relatively small, Tirana is a city with a small town feel.

Korca – Rugs, Rugs, Rugs

Korca is a city located in the east of Albania close to the border of Greece. Built high up on a plateau, Korca is a must see if you love Turkish style rugs and carpets. The entire city seems to be devoted to the manufacture and sale of every size, color and type of rug. If you’re staying overnight, Hotel Iliria is your best option.

Petrela Castle

Dating back to 500 AD, Petrela Castle is an ancient structure, which is in relatively good shape considering the history attached to it. At one time or another, Petrela was the primary defense of the city of Durres. It has been held, used and conquered by Romans, Greeks, Turks and other. Seriously off the beaten path, getting to Petrela requires a sturdy Jeep or Landcruiser. It is a very bumpy road, but the view is more than worth it.

Albanian Riviera

If you’re spending your Albania holidays on the Riviera, you’ll find it’s like the more famous French Riviera – only better. It’s cheaper, the beaches are more beautiful and the locals are friendlier! Among the most stunning beaches along the coast are those at Ksamil, Himara and Borshi.

National Historical Museum

Visit the National Historical Museum in Tirana and get a flavour of the country’s heritage and past. It’s the biggest museum in the country and has a large amount of items of archaeological interest.

Butrint National Park

Butrint National Park in the far southwest is well worth a visit. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an area of archaeological importance. A number of ancient structures are still standing, including a Roman theatre, city walls and a basilica.

The National Art Gallery of Albania is another worthwhile stop on the tourist trail, and should not be missed. It’s also in the capital and has thousands of works of art by Albanian and foreign artists.

Lake Skadar

Lake Skadar is the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula and is an extremely picturesque setting. About one-third of it is in Albania and the rest is over the border in Montenegro. There’s lots of wildlife in the area, including rare European pelicans.

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Albania Covid-19 / Coronavirus

Albania
33,556
Total confirmed cases
Updated on
Albania
16,610
Total active cases
Updated on
Country/Region
Confirmed cases
Deaths
Active cases
Afghanistan
45,278
1,712
7,444
Albania
33,556
716
16,610
Algeria
75,867
2,294
24,152
Andorra
6,304
76
823
Angola
14,634
337
6,946
Anguilla
4
0
1
Antigua and Barbuda
139
4
7
Argentina
1,374,631
37,122
133,709
Armenia
127,522
2,002
26,576
Aruba
4,737
45
85
Australia
27,843
907
1,403
Austria
254,710
2,577
69,513
Azerbaijan
95,281
1,160
29,646
Bahamas
7,431
163
1,616
Bahrain
85,886
339
1,530
Bangladesh
451,990
6,448
78,665
Barbados
260
7
12
Belarus
126,953
1,112
20,006
Belgium
559,902
15,755
508,103
Belize
5,249
120
2,252
Benin
2,916
43
294
Bermuda
227
9
18
Bhutan
386
0
23
Bolivia
144,034
8,916
15,570
Bosnia
80,553
2,342
32,451
Botswana
9,992
31
2,269
Brazil
6,088,004
169,541
473,368
British Virgin Islands
71
1
0
Brunei
150
3
2
Bulgaria
124,966
3,069
83,671
Burkina Faso
2,754
68
134
Burundi
664
1
88
Cabo Verde
10,302
104
407
Cambodia
306
0
10
Cameroon
23,842
435
1,230
Canada
337,555
11,521
56,835
Caribbean Netherlands
161
3
3
Cayman Islands
265
2
18
Central African Republic
4,911
63
2,924
Chad
1,648
101
71
Channel Islands
1,094
48
159
Chile
542,080
15,106
9,450
China
86,464
4,634
322
Colombia
1,254,979
35,479
60,603
Comoros
596
7
17
Congo
5,632
93
551
Costa Rica
132,295
1,641
49,318
Croatia
108,014
1,445
19,161
Cuba
7,879
132
391
Curaçao
1,773
3
739
Cyprus
8,947
44
6,848
Czechia
496,638
7,360
83,296
Côte d'Ivoire
21,148
131
198
DRC
12,310
331
546
Denmark
71,654
789
14,833
Diamond Princess
712
13
40
Djibouti
5,668
61
52
Dominica
77
0
14
Dominican Republic
138,829
2,311
23,636
Ecuador
185,944
13,225
8,710
Egypt
113,381
6,560
4,840
El Salvador
37,884
1,086
2,203
Equatorial Guinea
5,137
85
47
Eritrea
558
0
85
Estonia
10,159
94
4,051
Ethiopia
106,203
1,651
38,713
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
16
0
3
Faroe Islands
500
0
2
Fiji
35
2
0
Finland
22,289
384
6,605
France
2,144,660
49,232
1,942,836
French Guiana
11,042
70
977
French Polynesia
13,286
68
8,376
Gabon
9,150
59
92
Gambia
3,726
123
21
Georgia
111,818
1,051
18,552
Germany
947,714
14,613
296,401
Ghana
50,941
323
1,019
Gibraltar
981
5
91
Greece
93,006
1,714
81,303
Greenland
18
0
0
Grenada
41
0
11
Guadeloupe
8,225
144
5,839
Guatemala
118,722
4,092
6,811
Guinea
12,841
75
913
Guinea-Bissau
2,422
43
70
Guyana
5,154
146
974
Haiti
9,224
232
1,106
Holy See (Vatican City State)
27
0
12
Honduras
105,211
2,869
55,726
Hong Kong
5,782
108
400
Hungary
181,881
4,008
133,853
Iceland
5,298
26
186
India
9,179,425
134,273
440,197
Indonesia
506,302
16,111
64,878
Iran
880,542
45,738
217,089
Iraq
537,457
11,996
57,807
Ireland
70,711
2,023
45,324
Isle of Man
369
25
12
Israel
330,495
2,818
8,904
Italy
1,431,795
50,453
796,849
Jamaica
10,343
239
4,586
Japan
132,358
1,981
18,108
Jordan
188,410
2,302
66,094
Kazakhstan
126,860
1,945
11,269
Kenya
77,785
1,392
24,490
Kuwait
140,795
870
6,518
Kyrgyzstan
70,366
1,241
7,532
Lao People's Democratic Republic
39
0
15
Latvia
13,693
175
11,867
Lebanon
117,517
911
47,527
Lesotho
2,086
44
766
Liberia
1,551
82
138
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
79,180
1,110
27,766
Liechtenstein
1,156
12
192
Lithuania
49,393
409
37,389
Luxembourg
31,111
273
8,834
MS Zaandam
9
2
7
Macao
46
0
0
Macedonia
55,127
1,546
20,687
Madagascar
17,341
251
433
Malawi
6,009
185
381
Malaysia
58,847
341
14,353
Maldives
12,758
46
1,097
Mali
4,326
146
1,136
Malta
9,137
117
2,082
Marshall Islands
4
0
3
Martinique
4,732
37
4,597
Mauritania
8,167
169
389
Mauritius
494
10
51
Mayotte
5,122
49
2,109
Mexico
1,049,358
101,926
162,739
Moldova
98,418
2,169
15,367
Monaco
583
3
62
Mongolia
672
0
330
Montenegro
31,618
444
11,143
Montserrat
13
1
0
Morocco
327,528
5,396
46,974
Mozambique
15,109
126
1,754
Myanmar
80,505
1,765
18,852
Namibia
13,897
145
518
Nepal
224,078
1,361
17,859
Netherlands
489,818
8,945
480,873
New Caledonia
32
0
0
New Zealand
2,031
25
53
Nicaragua
5,725
159
1,341
Niger
1,381
70
145
Nigeria
66,439
1,168
3,030
Norway
33,183
311
11,916
Oman
122,579
1,391
7,332
Pakistan
379,883
7,744
40,379
Palestine
75,007
656
14,342
Panama
155,658
2,973
15,681
Papua New Guinea
630
7
35
Paraguay
77,072
1,665
20,361
Peru
950,557
35,641
34,271
Philippines
421,722
8,185
26,745
Poland
909,066
14,314
440,035
Portugal
264,802
3,971
84,004
Qatar
137,415
236
2,693
Romania
430,605
10,373
116,044
Russia
2,138,828
37,031
467,126
Rwanda
5,726
47
482
Réunion
7,689
35
994
S. Korea
31,353
510
4,121
Saint Kitts and Nevis
20
0
1
Saint Lucia
223
2
115
Saint Martin
690
12
80
Saint Pierre Miquelon
16
0
4
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
84
0
6
Samoa
1
0
1
San Marino
1,428
44
235
Sao Tome and Principe
981
17
38
Saudi Arabia
355,489
5,796
5,877
Senegal
15,908
331
50
Serbia
126,187
1,237
93,414
Seychelles
166
0
7
Sierra Leone
2,406
74
504
Singapore
58,183
28
84
Sint Maarten
1,012
25
87
Slovakia
97,493
709
46,046
Slovenia
67,080
1,156
20,337
Solomon Islands
16
0
11
Somalia
4,445
113
920
South Africa
769,759
20,968
37,596
South Sudan
3,064
60
92
Spain
1,606,905
43,131
1,563,774
Sri Lanka
20,508
90
5,456
St. Barth
127
0
33
Sudan
16,431
1,202
5,375
Suriname
5,297
116
8
Swaziland
6,233
120
244
Sweden
208,295
6,406
201,889
Switzerland
304,593
4,241
88,852
Syrian Arab Republic
7,295
380
3,760
Taiwan
618
7
62
Tajikistan
11,932
86
534
Tanzania
509
21
305
Thailand
3,922
60
90
Timor-Leste
30
0
0
Togo
2,854
64
516
Trinidad and Tobago
6,475
115
738
Tunisia
89,196
2,862
22,488
Turkey
453,535
12,511
63,133
Turks and Caicos Islands
746
6
40
UAE
161,365
559
10,545
UK
1,527,495
55,230
1,472,265
USA
12,778,924
263,701
4,963,384
Uganda
18,165
181
9,309
Ukraine
647,976
11,263
337,355
Uruguay
4,763
71
928
Uzbekistan
71,847
604
2,125
Vanuatu
1
0
1
Venezuela
100,143
873
4,285
Vietnam
1,316
35
128
Wallis and Futuna
2
0
1
Western Sahara
10
1
1
Yemen
2,107
609
39
Zambia
17,454
357
396
Zimbabwe
9,308
273
747
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